October 2, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Windows Phone 7.8 hit XDA running. In a matter of weeks, the newest version of WP is already running on the HTC Radar, HTC Titan, and the (legendary) HTC HD2. It has helped revitalize a Windows Phone development environment that had all but given up with the approach of Windows 8. Now, three more WP devices have received a port to 7.8. They are the HTC 7 Pro, HTC Arrive, and the HTC Spark (US version of Trophy).
XDA Senior Member sianto1997, who also brought the HTC Radar port, is responsible for all three ports. The HTC Arrive and 7 Pro releases are pretty much identical. The features for those two include:
-Nokia Counters, Nokia Drive, Nokia Music Camera extras (NOKIA MARKETPLACE)
-USB Video out
-DFT Bluetooth transfer
-Windows Phone 8 startscreen
Of course, with ports do come issues. Here’s the issues list for the Arrive and 7 Pro:
Picturetile: if you make it small you can’t make it full big again
xbox and music and video don’t change accent (make tap the little icon a few times (everytime))
Marketplace icon sometimes has windows logo, sometimes not
if you pin a site and make it really small its grey, and you can only pin one thing to start
Aside from some early hiccups, users are reporting that these ROMs work and work pretty well. Even if they’re a little rough, they can still be used as daily drivers as nothing overly major is wrong with them.
For the HTC Spark, the ROM came out a little better. The features include:
-Windows Phone 7.8
-Windows Phone 8 startscreen
-Windows Mobile Device Center
-USB Video Out
-Search Key Remapper
-DFT Bluetooth File Transfer
-Opitional languages (LANGUAGEPACK)
-No font issue
There isn’t a list of bugs for this ROM, so if there is any they weren’t important enough to mention. Once again, this could be used a daily driver as there haven’t been any real big issues reported.
April 27, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Apparently, for some older Windows Phone 7 devices, especially on Sprint, there are certain limitations on SMS and MMS. To be limited to the standard 160 characters in SMS is not fun, especially when trying to get a full thought in before someone texts you back. MMS limitations have never popular either. While most devices on most operating systems can bypass the 160 text limit rather easily, the MMS limit is usually boosted as high as possible, but there’s still a limit.
For those on the HTC Arrive, you can now have unlimited SMS characters and essentially unlimited MMS size thanks to XDA Senior Member mapaz04. This will most likely also work on other Windows Phone 7 devices, but it untested at the current time. The mods require different methods to implement, but neither is very complicated. For the SMS to go above 160 characters, users simply need to change a value from 0 to 1. Says mapaz04:
1.) Go to HKLM\Comm\Cellular\SMS\Router\CDMA and change the Contantenation entry from a 0 to a 1
2.) *** Very important thing (as of now)*** Select the EXIT from the Registry Editor (DO NOT BACK OUT of the app, press MENU then EXIT)
Then test to be sure it worked. Nothing too hard.
For the MMS it’s much the same process but a different value.
The MS entry should have a “Value Data” of “2000″, change this to “51200″ press “OK”
Now granted, saying that the MMS is unlimited maybe stretching it a bit, but is does appear to be set at 512MB as opposed to 2MB.